Saved by a wheel­chair

MAN STRUCK BY RE­VERS­ING LEARNER DRIVER IN CARPARK

Comment News (Gosnells) - - News - Emma Geary

BEAU Pot­ter be­lieves he is lucky to be alive af­ter a learner driver re­versed into him in a Can­ning Vale shop­ping cen­tre carpark ear­lier this month.

Mr Pot­ter (29), from Hil­bert, was at the rear of his ute when a young learner driver backed into his wheel­chair, pin­ning him against its tray.

Be­fore the driver could be stopped and ques­tioned, the older male pas­sen­ger took con­trol of the red Com­modore and drove from the ac­ci­dent scene.

“The doc­tors were say­ing that if I wasn’t in the wheel­chair and it didn’t take a lot of the im­pact, I would have been killed,” he said.

“I couldn’t move, all I could do was hit the car. And once the adrenalin wore off, then the pain started.”

The in­ci­dent oc­curred on Tues­day, July 4, at 10.30am out­side shops on Ban­nis­ter Road.

Mr Pot­ter, who suf­fers from the rare ge­netic dis­or­der dis­tal arthro­gry­po­sis and is un­able to walk, said he was at the shops get­ting parts for his quad bike which he uses in his pam­phlet de­liv­ery busi­ness.

He asked the older pas­sen­ger in the ve­hi­cle to pro­vide de­tails for a re­port about the in­ci­dent but the man re­fused and told Mr Pot­ter he would be OK.

“He jumped in the driver’s seat and got the learner driver to hop in the other seat,” Mr Pot­ter said.

“When he was about 20 me­tres away, he said to me he ‘has leg prob­lems as well’. I yelled back and said ‘yes but noone just ran you over’. “It is un­be­liev­able, it is not nor­mal. “It is very dis­re­spect­ful to an­other per­son. I get that ac­ci­dents hap­pen but take ac­count­abil­ity for it, don’t just drive off.”

Mr Pot­ter, who is on a dis­abil­ity sup­port pen­sion, said X-rays re­vealed sus­pected patella lig­a­ment dam­age and pain in his shoul­ders due to whiplash.

His in­juries mean he now can’t move around the house without his wheel­chair.

“I nor­mally crawl to get around the house be­cause I can’t stand,” he said.

“I can’t crawl at the mo­ment be­cause of my leg. I can’t even put weight on it be­cause of the pain.”

He said po­lice at­tended the in­ci­dent but no charges had been laid as the mat­ter was with the In­sur­ance Com­mis­sion of WA (ICWA).

He said the wheel­chair had been dam­aged and he was un­sure how much longer it would be func­tional.

In May this year, he set up a Go­FundMe site to raise money for a new wheel­chair and mo­bil­ity van at www.go­fundme.com/cfgdn-mo­bil­i­tyin­de­pen­dence.

Pic­ture: Emma Geary

Beau Pot­ter is lucky to be alive af­ter a car re­versed into him in a Can­ning Vale carpark.

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